Retailers including Walmart, Best Buy and Toys R Us are offering earlier access to Black Friday deals and bigger perks for loyal customers to compete with Amazon this holiday season. Target is trading its 10 days of deals for weekend promotions during the season to encourage more frequent trips.
Best Buy launched its first toy catalog this year as retailers expand their product offerings to compete in the age of Amazon. As the electronics retailer touts Barbies and board games, other retailers including Target, Walmart and J.C. Penney are ramping up their holiday promotions of toys, gadgets and big-screen TVs.
Door to Door Organics shuttered its operations Friday, after 20 years in the grocery delivery business. The move came abruptly after recent comments from its CEO that indicated future funding and growth for the retailer.
Walmart will team with Deliv to add same-day grocery delivery service in the San Jose, Calif., market. The move will add to the companies' partnerships, which have included last-mile grocery delivery and in-home delivery of groceries and other packages.
Amazon last month made its first attempt at automating some of the truck delivery process by launching Relay, an app that lets truck drivers get in and out of the company's warehouses faster. It's the first connection between the e-commerce giant and millions of truck drivers.
The days leading up to Thanksgiving can be stressful for Instacart and other grocery delivery services, as first-time customers sign on for the convenience and a chance to avoid supermarket crowds. Satisfied newbies turn into loyal long-term customers, companies say, while glitches can turn consumers off on the service forever.
Republic Wireless is working on a smart speaker that will offer a calls-first approach. The Anywhere HQ connected speaker will connect via an LTE network and will offer a built-in virtual assistant.
A Parks Associates report predicts that 55 million smart home devices will be purchased by US households in 2020. The report also notes that 42% of home security systems now include smart home components, while connected appliances and thermostats also remain popular options.
Tesla has unveiled an electric Semi truck slated to hit the market in 2019, and retailers including Walmart and Loblaw have already placed orders. Walmart has pre-ordered 10 for Canada and five for the US, while Loblaw has requested 25 for Canada.
China's Huawei Technologies, known for its low- and mid-priced mobile phones, is introducing its high-end Mate 10 Pro, which costs almost $1,000, to international markets. The company is reportedly talking to AT&T about a US launch, according to a source.
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